Every Houston National Cemetery Grave Receives a Wreath

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December 17th marked National Wreaths Across America Day. According to the Wreaths Across America website, they aim to “Remember, Honor and Teach.” To do so, they lay a wreath at every gravesite in the Arlington National Cemetery and “over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.”

This year, the Houston National Cemetery was included in the special day. The Houston chapter of the organization raised enough money to place a wreath on the gravesite of over 70,000 graves. KHOU reports that the only other participating cemetery with more is Arlington’s.

The organization encourages volunteers who are placing the wreaths at each grave to take a moment to say the person’s name and thank them for what they’ve done for our country.

WAA Houston Director Peggy Slay, who lost her son in Iraq, told the news, “It says that our country and everyone here in Texas and especially in Houston honor and respect our military and know how they’ve received the values and freedoms they have today.”

People can visit the Wreaths Across America website to donate funds or volunteer to honor our passed service members.

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